CHICAGO (September 27, 2013) - The National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), in conjunction with the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the House and Senate Steel Caucuses, will host a free public event and student steel bridge display at the Rayburn House Office Building (Room B339) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Oct. 2, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. The event kicks off this year's SteelDay, which takes place nationwide Oct.

(September 26, 2013) - Construction employment expanded in 194 metro areas, declined in 88 and was stagnant in 57 between August 2012 and August 2013, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials added that despite the widespread gains, construction employment reached peak levels for August in only 19 of 339 metro areas.

WEST FARGO, N.D. (September 2013) -  Bobcat Company has announced the “I Have an Idea” contest where contestants can provide their Bobcat accessory ideas starting September 25.

USGBC Project Haiti to be Called William Jefferson Clinton Children's Center, Aiming for LEED Platinum

NEW YORK (Sept. 25, 2013) — U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) President, CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi announced that their Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action, a LEED-registered orphanage and children’s facility that USGBC will construct in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will officially be named the William Jefferson Clinton Children's Center.

August new business down 7 percent year-over-year, down 11 percent month-to-month, up 8 percent year-to-date.

WASHINGTON (September 24, 2013) — The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $725 billion equipment finance sector, showed their overall new business volume for August was $6.4 billion, down 7 percent compared to volume in August 2012.

Bipartisan agreement provides groundwork for future infrastructure legislation.

WASHINGTON (Sept. 19, 2013) - Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) applauds the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on unanimously approving the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).  The bill now awaits a vote by the full House of Representatives.  The Senate previously passed a WRRDA bill in May, 2013.  Upon the Committee's passage of the bill, AEM President Dennis Slater issued the following statement:

Despite job growth in some states, AGC warns that the construction industry remains vulnerable.

(September 20, 2013) - Construction employment increased in 26 states between July and August and in 35 states for the year, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned, however, that construction employment remains below peak levels in most states and warned of the potential impact of a halt in federal construction investments.

WASHINGTON (September 20, 2013) – The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) has released the September 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI). Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $725 billion equipment finance sector.

Award-winning author Dan McNichol headlines tour to raise awareness and identify solutions for America's crumbling infrastructure.

RACINE, Wis. (September 19, 2013) – CASE Construction Equipment has partnered with award-winning author and infrastructure expert Dan McNichol to tour the U.S. and bring awareness to the challenges facing the nation’s aging infrastructure. The tour — titled Dire States: The Drive to Revive America’s Ailing Infrastructure — will make stops at CASE dealers throughout the U.S.

RALEIGH, N.C. (September 16, 2013) – FMI (www.fminet.com), a provider of management consulting and investment banking* to the engineering and construction industry, released its Q3-2013 Construction Outlook. The markets continue to shift, reducing annual Construction-Put-In-Place predictions to $909.6 billion, down nearly $4 billion from previous predictions.

Initiative aims to develop additional qualified technicians for workforce.

MOLINE, Ill. (Sept. 12, 2013) — In partnership with RDO Equipment Co., John Deere is expanding its C&F Tech initiative to include North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D. The John Deere dealer technician job training program is a two-year associate’s degree that enables students to troubleshoot, service, repair and rebuild diesel equipment used by customers nationwide.

CHICAGO (September 11, 2013) - For the first time in the U.S., design professionals now have an authoritative resource on structural stainless steel with AISC Steel Design Guide No. 27, Structural Stainless Steel, authored by Nancy Baddoo, associate director at the Steel Construction Institute (SCI), UK.

DALLAS, Texas (September 9, 2013) – Ford Nassen announced that the firm’s shareholders George C. Baldwin, Jeffrey S. Chapman, James L. Deem, Jeffrey A. Ford, Timothy D. Matheny, John W. Nassen and Clayton C. Utkov have been named 2013 Texas Super Lawyers, who are recognized as among the state’s leading attorneys.

October 10, 2013 at 1 p.m. Eastern.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. September 4, 2013 -- Viewpoint Construction Software is pleased to sponsor the webinar "Strategies & Solutions to Improve Field Productivity," presented by Construction Business Owner, the business management resource for contractors. Attendees can register for the free webinar at http://www.constructionbusinessowner.com/vcswebinar.

(September 4, 2013) - Nearly three-fourths of construction firms across the country report they are having trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill key spots amid concerns that labor shortages will only get worse, according to the results of an industry-wide survey by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials called for immigration and education reform measures to help avoid worker shortages.

AGC Reports New Single-Family and Multifamily Construction Activity Advances, Along with Major Private Nonresidential Types, but Public Categories Shrink

(September 3, 2013) - Total construction spending hit a four-year high in July as private residential and nonresidential activity increased while public spending declined, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged lawmakers in Washington to make infrastructure investment a top federal priority before funding runs out at the end of September.

 

(August 28, 2013) - A coalition of construction industry groups is concerned about a proposed rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that’s intended to protect workers from inhaling dust containing silica, created by activities such as cutting brick or block, and sawing, grinding or drilling concrete.

 

New Rules Will Force Employers to Spend $6 Billion a Year, Association Reports

(August 27, 2013) - The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in response to the administration’s decisions to finalize two new employment rules despite federal data indicating no need for the new measures: